Solskjaer’s midfield plan in tatters, with Fernandes fueling Pogba’s revolt

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Paul Pogba “hates” playing a deeper midfield role at Manchester United and wants to contribute more to the attack alongside Bruno Fernandes, according to a report.

Fernandes has made himself one of the first names on the United squad sheet with his amazing impact to date.

Indeed, since his arrival in January, he has scored 14 goals and assisted 10 others in 26 games in his attacking role.

And while there is great anticipation on how Pogba would fit in alongside his new teammate, The independent claims this excitement has worn off.

United pattern Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prefers to play Pogba alongside Fred, Nemanja Matic or Scott McTominay in the heart of the midfield.

Further, meanwhile, Fernandes has more to say to give chances to Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

But the newspaper claims that the relationship between Pogba and Fernandes has “given way to a dysfunction”.

Pogba is said to hate his current role and is keen to play higher in midfield alongside Fernandes.

The Frenchman, however, is enjoying one of his most consistent runs on the team in recent times. Indeed, he only made eight appearances before the coronavirus lockdown last season.

Injuries took a toll on his progress last quarter, but he appears to be in great shape this time around.

Since then there has been another addition to Solskjaer’s midfielder, with the signing of Donny van de Beek. The Dutchman arrived from Ajax this summer but has had limited impact so far.

That could change soon with the 23-year-old reportedly informed Solskjaer that he wanted to play anywhere in the squad.

In addition, he started a strength training program with the aim of acclimating him to the physical nature of the Premier League.


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Solskjaer confident in Maguire’s resilience

Meanwhile, Solskjaer says he has no doubts defender and captain Harry Maguire can restore his confidence.

The 27-year-old has been going through a rough patch lately, culminating with Wednesday’s red card for England.

But his club manager says his personality and leadership will help him get back to his best form.

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